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World cup success for Tuks archers

TAY LETHULOE
Several TuksArchery archers took part in the Shanghai Hyundai Archery World Cup, which took place from 26 April to 1 May. This was the second stage of the world cup and UP archers Seppie Cilliers, Vivien de Kerk, Jeanine van Kradenburg, Gerda Roux, Danielle Wentzel, Patrick Roux and Marco di Matteo represented the South African team.

UP is one of the top archery clubs in the country and they are an affiliate of the South African National Archery Association. Van Kradenburg, one of the archers pegged to do well for the South African women, managed to finish fifth overall. The SA team will head to Turkey next month to compete in the third world cup stage, where UP members hope to gain as much experience as possible before the USSA tournament later this year. Van Kradenburg took some time to reflect on her Shanghai experience.

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Road to Rio for TuksSwimming

TAY LETHULOE

With the 2016 Rio Olympics rapidly approaching, Perdeby looked at the four UP swimmers who have recently qualified to compete in this event ahead of the 30 June deadline set by Sascoc. Cameron van der Burgh, Douglas Erasmus and Jarred Crous hope to represent South Africa in the Olympic Games this year, while Emily Gray hopes to partake in the Paralympic Games. These athletes have formed part of the TuksSwiming professional structure.

Cameron van der Burgh is one of the stand-out names that Sascoc will be relying on to bring home a medal, as he did in London 2012. He stood out at the first South African Olympic trials held at the Kings Park Complex in Durban. He qualified for the 100 m breaststroke with a time of 59.66 s, which put him in place to defend his Olympic gold medal. He also qualified for the 200 m breastroke with a time of 2:10.13. “Obviously Cameron’s chances are very good to win again, but he has very tough competition and has a score to settle for his loss in the Commonwealth games,” says head of TuksSwimming Rocco Meiring.

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TuksHockey players shine at 2016 Hockey IPT

THANDO CELE

The annual Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals (IPT) hockey tournament, organised by the South African Hockey Association (SAHA), took place from 25-30 April at the Randburg Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Hosted by the provincial venue sponsor, Southern Gauteng Hockey, the tournament featured some of South Africa’s best senior male and female hockey players.

The Northerns Blues, also known as Northerns, is the section of Gauteng that represents Pretoria and its surrounding suburbs. This season’s Northerns team consists of a number of UP-Tuks hockey club representatives in both the women’s and men’s teams. The Northerns’ women finished in first place at the tournament, and the men’s side finished in fourth place.

The Northerns ladies consisted of UP-Tuks hockey club manager and current SA Women’s captain, Nicolene Terblanche, and UP-Tuks hockey players Kelly Kaulback, Celia Evans, Marissa Poolman ,Chané Hill, Charné Martell, Izelle Verster, Claire Gibbings, Jacinta Jubb, Anél Luüs, Megan Anderson and Jessica Dollar.

The team from Pretoria stole the show with their display of skill throughout the tournament, with a 4-0 semi-final victory over North West, where the likes of Martell, Kaulback and Terblanche were key players. This set up a final showdown against hosts and defending champions Southern Gauteng. The final gripped supporters from the start and resulted in a sudden death penalty shoot-out. The ladies from the north held their nerve to claim a 4-3 victory, which is their second title in three years.

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Varsity Cup sevens title eludes UP-Tuks

THORISO PHASHA

With the conclusion of the Varsity Cup a few weeks ago, ten teams recently hit the sevens circuit in the Varsity Cup sevens tournament. The competing teams included the eight teams that recently competed in the Varsity Cup rugby competition and two additional entrants, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of Fort Hare (UFH). The competition took place over three days from 30 April to 2 May at Villagers FC in Cape Town.

UP-Tuks went into the competition trying to redeem themselves after the shortcomings they endured in the 15-man format of the Varsity Cup but were left shell-shocked when they lost 31-12 to UWC in the opening fixture. They soon shook off the loss with a 31-7 victory over Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. North West University (Pukke) picked up a 19-12 scalp over UP-Tuks to hand them their second loss of the tournament. UP-Tuks regained composure to beat the University of Cape Town 29-14 and Stellenbosh (Maties) with a 24-0 scoreline to stay within title contention.

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Tuks High athletes pave the road after Rio

ERIN SLINGERLAND

While all eyes are focused on “the road to Rio”, three TuksSport High School students, Tlotliso “Gift” Leotlela, Clarence Munyai and Malesela Senona, are paving a road after Rio for the second generation of South African sprinters.

Leotlela (18) is well-known for running the second-fastest 100 m time ever recorded in his age category. He ran in a time of 10.20 s at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year. Leotlela, a one-time national champion, is currently focusing on his dream to win a medal at the IAAF under-20 World Championships in Poland this year. He qualified for the championships in April this year by winning the national junior 100 m title with a time of 10.21 s, two seconds faster than the qualifying time. He also ran a personal best in the 200 m in 20.54 s in March this year, showing a two-second improvement on his performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games last year. Leotlela missed the Olympic 100 m qualifying time by only 0.08 s despite his win at the Youth Commonwealth games last year. He recently competed at a league meeting at Pilditch Stadium, winning with a 100 m time of 10.46 s, but this has left room for improvement to gain the consistent time of 10.10 s as desired by his coach, Hennie Kriel.

Munyai (18) is a two-time national champion who managed to run a 200 m Olympic qualifying time of 20.39 seconds in March. Sports Daily confirmed the possibility that Munyai could be in the 4 x 100 m relay squad for Rio, which is all dependant on the results of the rest of the South African sprinters who hope to enter the team. Munyai ran the 4 x 100 m in 40.02 s on 16 April, and despite his qualifying time he said that he is also focusing on winning a medal at the IAAF under-20 World Championships in Poland. He has yet to decide whether he prefers the 100 m or 200 m sprint and is currently a competitor to both Leotlela and Malesela. Munyai’s personal best times this year for the 200 m (20.36 seconds) took place in Germiston on 2 April, and for the 100 m (10.28ls) in Sasolburg on 8 April 2016.

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